Yoko Ono Releases 'tUnE-yArDs as YOKO'
In 2010, Yoko Ono performed several shows with the Plastic Ono Band and special guests. At the Orpheum in Los Angeles, Iggy Pop, Mike Watt, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Perry Farrell, RZA, Lady Gaga, Carrie Fisher and Joseph Gordon-Levitt paid tribute to Yoko, performing songs from throughout her career.
Yoko also invited a young group she had recently fallen in love with: tUnE-yArDs, whose breakthrough album, Whokill, was still a year away.
tUnE-yArDs wowed the audience and famous guests, updating the original 1972 lyrics of Yoko's 'We're All Water.' Yoko loved their performance and urged tUnE-yArDs to record the song for this benefit single, second in a series of 10" records, each with a different artist performing Yoko songs.
Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs described the project:
The 10" records are a limited edition of 1000 copies. On the flip side of each is a Yoko etching.
Profits from the records, and 100% of income from the downloads (at www.ChimeraMusic.com) are being donated by Yoko, Tune-yards and Chimera Music to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, who have been doing great work for one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, providing emergency food and shelter, and helping families and businesses get back on their feet.
On downloads purchased from iTunes in the U.S., iTunes is also donating their share of income to the cause. Thank you iTunes.
1) "We're All Water"
2) "Warrior Woman" (remix)
words and music by Yoko Ono, © Ono Music 1972, 1973
tUnE-yArDs appear courtesy 4AD Records
Watch // Yoko Ono & tUnE-yArDs @ Iceland Airwaves 2011
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